Water St. Cardigan
The Water St. light sweater is perfect for when you need just a bit of soft knitted layering. Uses heavy fingering weight or sport weight at a loose gauge for elegance and comfort.
The small city of Peterborough, Ontario, is where I spent my years as an undergraduate student. When I returned a decade later for a year-long stint as a teaching Professor, I was pleased to discover that a yarn shop (Needles in the Hay) had opened downtown on Water Street. I spent many enjoyable afternoons knitting there, and made several wonderful friends amongst the knitters in town.
The Water Street cardigan is simple to knit and effortless to wear. Sleeves and body are each worked separately and then joined for a raglan yoke, with a few garter ridges added for extra texture at cuffs and upper torso. Worked with Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock (or your preferred heavy fingering weight wool or wool-cashmere blend yarn) at a loose gauge of 5 sts/inch, this cardi is perfect for the transitional times of year, or any time you need some light knitted comfort.
If your preferred fingering weight yarn produces too tight a gauge, consider a sport-weight substitute, or adjusting your chosen pattern size.
• Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock 70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon; 375 yds/ 342 m per 4 oz/100g skein 3(4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins. (Shown in ‘Deep Sea’)
• 4.5mm/US #7 needles (32” circular is recommended for body; DPNs or long circular for magic loop are recommended for sleeves)
• 4.0mm/US #6 needles (lengths as above)
• Stitch markers (at least 6)
• Tapestry needle
XS(S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Garment measures approximately 33(36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51) inches around at bust, when closed.
Garment is intended to be worn with 2-4 ins of positive ease (i.e. to be worn slightly loose).
20 sts/32 rows over 4 inches, in stockinette stitch on 4.5mm needles OR needle size required to obtain gauge.
Take time to save time - For best results, wash and dry swatch according to yarn label instructions before obtaining a gauge measurement. (Note: Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label cashmere sock yarn is machine washable and dryable.)
To execute this pattern, knitters will be required to:
• Work knit and purl
• Work flat (body) and in the round (sleeves)
• Work increases and decreases
• Work raglan shaping
• Work minimal seams and grafting